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PHOTO: Rosetta Sends 'An Impressive New Perspective' On Comet

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The European Space Agency probe has sent a new image of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from about 77 miles away.

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From The Cold Depths Of Space, A Smile Emerges

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In the Hubble image of a galaxy cluster, two bright galaxies resemble eyes, NASA says, "and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing."

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16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch

Sunday, February 08, 2015

In 1998, then-Vice President Gore proposed the satellite, which has since been repurposed for NOAA's needs.

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First Stars Fired Up 140 Million Years Later Than Previously Thought

Thursday, February 05, 2015

New data collected from the European Space Agency's Planck telescope shows that the first starlight in the universe occurred about 560 million years after the Big Bang.

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All Things Considered

Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

Monday, February 02, 2015

Construction is starting in Chile on a new sort of telescope. One aim is to survey huge swaths of sky for faint signals of a "Planet X" that may be lurking on the farthest edges of our solar system.

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BackStory

Straight to the Moon

Friday, January 30, 2015

With the American History Guys

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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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An Asteroid Is Passing Very Close To Earth Today. Here's How To See It

Monday, January 26, 2015

At its closest point, asteroid 2004 BL86 came within about 750,000 miles from Earth — or almost three times farther away than the moon.

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All Things Considered

Another Day, Another 'Close Call' Between Earth And An Asteroid

Monday, January 26, 2015

A rare large asteroid zipped very close to Earth Monday morning. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Paul Chodas, head of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Near-Earth Object program, about the "close call."

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Features

What Listeners Loved This Week

Friday, January 23, 2015

A pot critic for The Denver Post is pretty creative with adjectives. Space photos are psychedelic. We have some tips for your Cuba vacation. These are the week's most popular stories.

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Goosebumps And Gas: New Data From Rosetta Probe Describes Comet

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We're learning more about the comet that a European Space Agency paired up with its Rosetta probe last fall. For one thing, it has "goosebumps" on steep cliff faces. It's also highly porous.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Growing Aliens in a Laboratory

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Science writer Corey Powell describes how recent discoveries in the lab are changing minds about what extraterrestrials might look like and where they might be found. 

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Studio 360

Imagine Your Next Vacation Destination: Kepler-186f

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory imagines exoplanetary travel for leisure with these vintage-style posters.
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Origin Unknown: Study Says Blast Of Radio Waves Came From Outside Our Galaxy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Scientists call them "fast radio bursts," or FRBs, mysterious pulses of radio waves coming from far, far away. Researchers in Australia say they've observed one in real time.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Water on Mars, Black Holes, and The Great Unknown

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute Science Museum talks about the Mars Rover, Black Holes, and more!

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WATCH: SpaceX Booster Crashes On Barge

Friday, January 16, 2015

The company's resupply mission to the International Space Station went off without a hitch last week, but an attempt to land the spent booster on a floating platform didn't go as well.

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Long-Lost European Spacecraft Spotted By NASA Probe Orbiting Mars

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Beagle-2 Mars Lander was lost in December 2003. Today, scientists confirmed their spacecraft was found partially deployed on the surface of Mars.

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Studio 360

4,000 Years of Picturing the Stars

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A new book surveys the history of humanity’s attempts to depict the universe, with results both beautiful and surprisingly accurate.

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The Takeaway

The Moon Is a Galactic Garbage Can

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In total, the moon hosts more than 400,000 pounds of man-made material. But is this trash a problem, or just the cost of doing space travel?

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All Things Considered

Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark Sky Reserve

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The International Dark-Sky Association has named only three "gold-tier reserves" on Earth where a "full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed." There's only one in the Northern Hemisphere — at the the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in far Southwestern Ireland.

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